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michigan may be confronting its biggest surge in coronavirus cases yet, but the u.s. government is denying one specific request for help. the u.s. defense secretary is in israel this hour for talks described as critical. we're live in jerusalem for the latest. and buckingham palace releases the plan for prince philip's funeral. details from windsor. welcome to our viewers here in the united states and all around the world.
i'm paula newton, and this is "cnn newsroom. " michigan's governor is pleading with the biden administration to rush more vaccines to that state. take a look at the surge in cases there on saturday alone. michigan reported nearly 7,000 new cases, and as hospitalizations increase, some health providers in michigan are delaying non-emergency procedures on a case-by-case basis. hospital officials call it a last resort. cnn's evan mcmorrison santoro has the latest. >> reporter: as covid-19 cases soar to an alarming level in michigan, a warning -- >> we're on track to see a surge
in cases that's even greater than the one we saw in the fall. >> >> the state's hospitalization rates are climbing. governor wihitmer is asking schools to go remote. >> in the end, we all know what works and this has to be a team effort. we have to do this together. >> reporter: vaccinations in the state continue, but not fast enough. the government is pleading for more vaccines from the government as the supply of johnson & johnson vaccines continues to take a toll across the u.s. the coordinator of the coronavirus response says the federal government will offer states with outbreaks additional testing and personnel, but as of now, will not increase the number of vaccines. >> the virus is unpredictable. we don't know where the next
increase in cases could occur. we're not even halfway through our vaccination program, so now is not the time to change course on vaccine allocation. >> reporter: this as the cdc is aware of four states that have reported some adverse reactions to the johnson & johnson vaccine. several states are even halting distribution of the vaccine. the cdc is not recommending health departments stop administering johnson & johnson vaccines at this time and at least one county in north carolina plans on resuming doses as soon as monday. >> more information will hopefully come out to the general public. >> reporter: what could be promising news, drugmaker pfizer asking the fda for emergency use of its covid-19 vaccine to expand to children age 12 through 15 in the u.s. currently it's 16 and up. >> we need the benefit of the vaccine, but it will help us to reach herd immunity a lot
faster. >> reporter: and vaccine requirements are part of the new normal. 16 colleges and universities, the latest duke university, will require students to show proof of vaccination before returning to classes this fall. and we go to europe now where the coronavirus picture is mixed. here's a look at where things are compared with the previous weeks. several countries are holding steady or showing declining new cases while some are seeing a surge in new infections. one of those countries seeing increases is germany where health experts say they've reached the peak of icu occupancy. it's also putting a strain on health care workers and leading to a shortage in staffing. earlier today german officials reported 1,700 new cases over a 24-hour period. and in france more than 100
people are facing fines for defy ing rules at a restaurant. france has start a new lockdown and similar events were already finding controversy. jim bittermann joins me from paris. it's that pandemic fatigue. you and i talked in a message how i miss the thought of paris, it's true, and you agree. the point is here, though, that pandemic fatigue is a real, you know, threat to public health right now in france. >> absolutely. i just got a call this morning. one of my friends gave me a call and said i wanted to talk to somebody. i had a dream the other night of dining in a restaurant, something unheard of here in the last six months or so because the restaurants are all closed. yes, i think pandemic fatigue is setting in and people are ignoring all the restrictions
that they're supposed to be obeying. people are drinking in public, for example, which is not supposed to take place, eating in restaurants, as you pointed out the one big one they raided the other night and a lot of smaller ones they've raided as well. they're ignoring it and the government is at wit's end with what they want to do next to combat this. they announced today -- the health minister was in the headlines with new procedures about vaccination. from now on starting tomorrow, everyone over the age of 55 will be able to get a vaccine in the country no matter what their underlying conditions are or what their occupation is. that's one thing that will get things going. they're going to have the johnson & johnson vaccine available as of tomorrow. and they're going to limit or rather increase the time limit between the first shot and second shot of mrna vaccines from four weeks to six weeks. that will allow a lot of first
vaccinations to take place because there will be more vaccine available. then they started a vaccine publicity campaign as we saw on president macron's own instagram account this weekend. have a look at this, paula. ♪ >> so i don't know if that's more hip or not, but i think it's just one of the signs that the government is trying to do things to get people out there and get the shots in their arms. paula? >> hip's not going to cut it right now. it's really staggering to me. think about this, jim. along with the united states, europe is leading the research on vaccines, leading in the manufacturing of vaccines, and there aren't enough vaccines to go around. is there a sense the eu just wasn't built for this pandemic? >> exactly. i think that's one of the things you see.
the political opposition in europe and france is a way of taking on the government's authority. basically they've stuck with the european solidarity as president macron has, for example, suggesting that acting as a confidante rather than acting alone, but it hasn't happened that way. it's so fumbled because they're all out of vaccines here, paula. >> jim, i really appreciate the update and we'll think fondly of paris in months to come. >> one day soon. >> one day soon, we all hope. jim bittermann outside of paris, thank you. we have a health expert joining us from oxford, england. for more than a year we're continuing talk about this. going through the numbers around the world is startling, and then we move to this anemic rollout of the vaccines in the eu. the member states are bickering.
europe really does need the issue of at least the ast astrazeneca rollout. why is that? >> there are safety concerns which we've seen now that are somewhat validated as we have seen an increasingly strong connection between this vaccine and very, very rare clotting events. it's been difficult because the one in 100,000 events or 200,000 is not going to be picked up in trials. there's been a loss of trust to an extent vaccines in general. overcoming that trust is going to be a hurdle. the good news for europe as you look out over the next two to three months, they're expecting hundreds of millions of doses of
vaccines, particularly the pfizer vaccine. so i think we're already seeing an increase in the vaccination rates in the country. i do expect things to pick up, but they have a long way to go. >> it's not all hands on deck but all vaccines on deck. the vaccine chief said the goal is to have everyone vaccinated by summer. think about it today. in the united states, 4.6 million in a 24-hour period. how is europe going to get there because you know it needs to? >> that's right. a lot of the infrastructure has been built a month ago. we were seeing millions of doses of the astrazeneca vaccine on the shelves being unused. we're now seeing the rates pick up. i want to come back to the herd
immunity. the eu has a target of 70% of vaccinations by the end of summer. we seem to think there's a magic number before this all goes away. it's a misunderstanding of how the herd immunity works. it depends on a lot of factors. it could be anywhere from 70% to 90%, and in a place where the virus is raging, it's going to be a lot higher in a place where transmission is under control. and so i think we need to be careful about that. we also need to be thinking about how hard it's going to be to get there. at a certain point we're going to hit a wall where most who want to get vaccinated have been vaccinated and we'll have to convince the rest. then there's the 20% to 25% of the population that are children. and until they're vaccinated, i don't see us achieving herd immunity. >> the good news, one vaccine,
perhaps pfizer, may be given to younger children. i guess the problem is we're not even giving these vaccines to the majority of the people in the world. this really is an equity problem. you do see a situation, though, as we start to get further down the road of immunization, especially in a place like europe, this can accelerate vaccinations right around the world, and what do you think the time frame is for that? >> i hope so. what's clear from the u.s., uk, and europe, is there's been a lot of hoarding of vaccines as the countries and regions try to bring their own outbreaks under control, that there is a massive uptick in supply, but the approach is going to be, look, we're going to take care of ourselves first and the rest of the world can have the leftovers. one exception is the covax facility. there is still a real supply shortage. things are improving as we get through the summer and the global outbreaks start to bring
their numbers under control. we should see that start to exist. if we look at south africa, we're not expecting the number of doses to reach them until 2023. that's a real tragedy and a risk to all of us. >> peter drobac of the university of oxford. thank you. appreciate it. now, californians, good news for them. they're not waiting until 2023. they'll soon be able to go back to live events, concerts, plays, sports, but there are still some limits. we find out how people are preparing to return. >> reporter: a massive game-changer in california. live events are coming back with people in the stands. this is staples center. this is where the basketball teams, the clippers and the lakers play, along with hockey's kings. the word is now we're going to see the first fans come into the stands at a laker game on
thursday. down the road we'll see full capacity. iconic venues such as the hollywood bowl say they're excited but panicking because they'll have to rehire. job events will be held. and something going by the wayside at least for the near future, the printed out ticket stub. how many jobs is that alone? >> thousands. when you think of any given night there are security officers, ticket takers, concession workers. so on any given night, there will be hundreds of staff here and they start back up next week. one of the lessons learned and how things are going to change, we think about air purification, touchless environment, ticketless payments.
these are things fans need to see and sense in order to build up the confidence dom back to live events. >> reporter: aeg owns staples center. they welcome fans back in the stands. the first game will be a lakers game. it will be the first time since they won the championship. i'm paul vercammen. now back to you. now to the mourning and remembrances of prince philip who died peacefully on friday at the age of 99. images of the duke of edinburgh lit up the sky with a 21-gun
salute in his honor. you can see the castle there. rounds were fired at london and ships at sea. the ceremonial service for queen elizabeth's husband will take place on saturday the 17th. it will be low key per his guidelines. prince harry will fly over from california, although his wife meghan who's pregnant is staying home on her doctor's advice. prince charles thanks everyone for paying respects. he said his father would be touched by their reaction. take a listen. >> i particularly want to say my father spent the last 70 years, has given the most remarkable devoted service to the queen, to my family and to the country,
but also to the head of the commonwealth, and as you can imagine, my family and i miss my father enormously. he was a much loved and appreciated figure. my dear papa was a very special person who i think above all else would have been amazed by the reaction and the touching things that have been said about him, and for that, my family and i are deeply grateful. >> anisa swarez is standing by in england. you told us in terms of the scaled down funeral, that would have been in keeping with what prince philip wanted. i wonder in terms of the public, we've had a spontaneous outpouring from the public. how might they be able to express their gratitude for the prince? >> reporter: good morning, paula. we're starting to see more
people coming here to windsor castle to really pay their respects. they're not hovering. they're not staying too long. they're taking their time, bowing their heads, laying down flowers, and they're moving swiftly on because as you said of coronavirus restrictions. some people we've spoken to are somewhat disappointed there won't be a funeral procession, that the public won't be able to be involved given the over 500 charities that edinburgh led. so many in the country have been unable to go to funerals because of covid virus restrictions, so people understand that. i suspect on the day, paula, we may perhaps see people turn up to windsor castle even for a brief moment for that moment of silence at 3:00, 10:00 a.m.
eastern, to reflect on his life and legacy and the life he dedicated to queen, country, and indeed to the commonwealth, paula. >> and certainly they've shown already they want to do that in this week of mourning. now, prince harry is coming, as we said, from california. >> reporter: yeah. >> this really needs to be that picture-perfect scene of family reconciliation, does it not? >> reporter: absolutely. it's interesting that, you know, we're already talking about prince harry because we found out yesterday, of course, he will be attending. he was incredibly close to his grandfather. i can tell you this. a lot of the photographers here because the expectation is prince harry will probably have to arrive today because he has to quarantine in order to make time for the funeral on april 17th. i spoke with a couple of people today. they said they want to know if prince harry is coming and whether we're see him and what relationship he will have with
his brother. it might be somewhat frosty given the bombshell interview he gave when he said his brother was trapped within the monarchy when he indicated his relationship with his father wasn't what it used to be. so all eyes will be, in fact, on prince harry and also on his brother and prince charles. of course, the three of them are expected to walk a few feet behind the coffin of the duke of edinburgh on the 17th. >> we'll continue to watch. we appreciate it. the latest reports from myanmar reveal a weekend of deadly violence. the use of heavy weapons have people fleeing for their lives. we'll have a live detailed report from the region next. and let the grill monitor your food. it also turns into an air fryer. bring outdoor grilling flavors indoors with the grill that grills for you.
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raids. a monitoring group reports that troops used rifles, hand grenades, and even rocket-propelled grenades, if you can imagine, on people's homes. the military has killed more than 700 people since the coup in february. you know, the video, paula, that we've seen in the military shows such a menacing presence, and yet these activists, young activists aren't backing down. is there a risk of resistance unfolding in the streets? >> reporter: paula, the vast majority of people on the streets of myanmar from the beginning have been peaceful. this is a civil disobedience movement. we do see indication some are trying to arm themselves or at least protect themselves in some ways given the fact that the military is acting with such impunity and using such heavy
weaponry. what we're hearing from the city of bago is rpgs, the heavy weaponry. protesters have accused them on the streets saying they have been using handmaid shields, grenades, arrows, fire bottles. shields are not going to be good up against an rpg. the military claims only one person has been killed but we're hearing from the advocacy group that more than 80 before killed, and once again as they always do when they confirm the death toll, they say the actual number is likely to be far higher. they say it appeared the military was trying to be on a battleground, but what it actually created is what they called a killing field. now, an eyewitness in that city that we did speak to said that they had escaped the city, that many people had been fleeing the city and trying to hide in neighboring villages, but also suggesting that the military and
security forces have not left that area, that they're still going through each neighborhood trying to find some of those protesters saying that they'd heard that bodies were piled up in the mortuary. now, we've also heard other reports that the military had taken some of those bodies, put them on the back of a military truck, and driven them away. this would be unfortunately in keeping with what we've heard a number of times in a number of different places in myanmar. now, on the same day on friday we also heard from state-run media, the mr tv -- this is from the military, i should say, not state-run -- that 19 people have actually been sentenced to death for causing the death of two individuals believed to be linked to the junta and the military leadership. it also goes to show, paula, the security can act with impunity forces on the streets of myanmar, and we don't know the details of the other issue, but, of course, now 19 have been
sentenced to death for allegedly being involved in the deaths of two people linked to the military. paula? >> still a troubling sight there. paula hancocks, thanks. i appreciate the update. still to come, how one union territory is trying to turn things around and drop the case numbers of covid. plus, canada is in its third coronavirus wave, and it's not looking good. when we return, why experts say the worst is yet to come. are cared for? ♪ ♪ it shows! our new dove advanced care formula is effective... and kind to skin, leaving underarms cared for and you... more confident and carefree. nicorette knows, quitting smoking is freaking hard. you get advice like: try hypnosis... or... quit cold turkey. kidding me?! instead, start small. with nicorette. which can lead to something big. start stopping with nicorette managing type 2 diabetes? you're on it.
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"cnn newsroom." the virus comes as a record-high number of new cases for a fifth day in a row. i have to confess, the numbers really startled me when i looked at them again in the last 24 hours for india as a whole but also as we have been saying. what more can they do to gain a handle on this? >> you and i have been talking about the grim numbers this past week, haven't we? as of now, 153,000 new cases in india that have been reported in the last 24 hours, and 830 deaths. that has been the highest of this year. the minister has announced new
measures and guidelines which includes that no social, political, or religious gathering will take place until month's end and only 50 people will be allowed to attend wedding and 20 for funerals. educational institutions have been closed until further notice, at least till the end of the month and you can't have spectator events. this started earlier this month in the union territory of delhi. it's quite interesting, paula. you have the health ministry of india pointing out it's these congregations, gatherings, and youngsters out late night in which the cases are going up. while they say that, parallelly you have elections under way in five states and massive rallies along with the world's largest religious festival which is taking place where millions of people will be gathering through this month, paula. >> it will be interesting to see if they do anything to curb that
at all. appreciate the update there. now, canada is on its third coronavirus wave, and it's projected to be the worst one yet. new daily infections hit a pandemic record this week with canada's top doctors saying variants have quadrupled in the last days alone. hospitalizations are spiking and critical care across the country is up more than 20% this last week. they're also warning there's a surge of young people being admitted to hospitals with covid. now, a note of good news here. canada broke a record this week for vaccine doses administered, but officials worry it will not slow down the increase in cases. an emergency room physician from toronto joins me now and she leads in the co-vision mission response. doctor, toronto has really been in a tough situation. a lockdown, some form of it
since the end of november, and still it has become record-breaking, really, what's going on. how would you describe the situation going on in the hospitals that you work in right now? how does it compare to the first and second waves? >> this is nothing like the first and second waves, which is hard to even think about or say, but this has been by far the worst it's been for us and it's unfortunate. we saw the writing on the wall, and we didn't have the steps in place to not be here, and now we're at a point where we're using all kinds of levers that we haven't used before to be able to create capacity in our system where we don't have it. >> what are those levers? are they some things that are kind of shocking to you as a health professional? >> yeah. what we did is move patients around, transferring patients to hospitals that don't have as much covid activity or balance the load share and to support
those that are overrun. but in addition to that now, what's new this week is that we've actually -- at least in the province of ontario -- what we have now is a new health care resource redeployment act. this is where we're actually leveraging nurses from home and community care and maybe other parts of the provincetown to move into parts of the provincetown hard hit, particularly in the greater ontario region. that's new. providing more support. in addition to that what we have now for the first time ever is the ability to bypass consent. wu of the challenges we had is in the transfer of patients. if the patient doesn't consent to that, then it becomes a bit more challenging, and now we have that option or lever available to us where if there is no ability to care for a patient in a hospital in a city, we can actually send that patient's to a hospital where they will get better care because there's capacity.
>> to be clear, these are unprecedent decisions. >> no. it was not a decision made lightly. you can imagine the conversations that took place at the various levels when wn the health care and government to make decisions like. this absolutely unprecedented. >> are you seeing younger sicker patients, and anecdotally, do you believe this is for sure linked to the variants? >> yes. so in ontario, we're in a position where we have over 80% of our cases that are the vary yarnlt of concern, the b.1.1.7. that's the uk variant. we're seeing an increase in the uk and brazilian variant. so we know that's driving this because they are more easily spread, but in addition to that, it's also driving the acuity, and we're seeing that now in younger patients. so we're having an increased number in outbreaks, especially
in congregate work settings, and that's leading to a huge increase in those being admitted to the hospital in the age 35 to 50 cohort. >> 35. >> 35 to 50. and so i can tell you that, you know, the hospitals in the greater toronto area in hard-hit spots, my hospital being one of those, has people in their 20s, has people in their 30s, in their 40s, in their 50s in an icu bed with covid. >> just startling really because this wasn't what happened in the first and second wave. from a global perspective, what you do want people around the world to know about the situation because look. early on, canada's response wasn't perfect. somehow there was the impression things have gone better in canada, and yet now here you are. people have characterized this really as a whole new pandemic. why? >> i think there's a couple of things. the differences like we're seeing in age distribution, for example, and the workplace outbreaks primarily are because
of the variant. and so that is certainly something to watch because here we are experiencing that, and part of the reason we are where we are is because of a very challenged vaccine rollout. >> and our thanks there to dr. tasleem nimjee. the u.s. secretary has now arrived in israel. the visit with the key allie comes at a crucial time for both countries. what's the significance? details live up next. quit cold . kidding me?! instead, start small. with nicorette. which can lead to something big. start stopping with nicorette - [announcer] welcome to intelligent indoor grilling with the ninja foodi smart xl grill. just pick your protein, select your doneness, and let the grill monitor your food. it also turns into an air fryer. bring outdoor grilling flavors indoors with the grill that grills for you.
that's when the ceremonial funeral service will take place. it will be low key, though, in line with his wishes, but also the all-important guidelines which allows for at most 30 people to attend. you can also see those restrictions in effect now as we're just seeing there, people socially distant. we haven't seen scenes like this in britain for a while. again, we're live at canterbury cathedral there. that's a remembrance service for prince philip. now, the u.s. secretary is in israel at this moment. lloyd austin is on a tour with our allies. austin is expected to meet with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu and also the defense minister benny gentz. they're trying to revive the
iranian nuclear deal which everyone understands israel is totally against. so what can we expect from this visit? >> it's the first visit from the biden administration to israel. that's significant in its own right, and it's during a time of change. it's also coming at a time during increased tensions between israel and iran. israel is trying to renegotiate the iran deal. they're against it. they are discussing over iran, saying the deal with iran that threatens us with annihilation will not obligate us. u.s. officials who have been traveling with austin briefed reporters in the last few hours, and they said they have mutual interest with the israelis and they will continue to consult with them on the iran deal
saying that, quote, they will not allow iran's kind of bad regional beige to go unnoticed and unchecked. some of that bad regional behavior may be referring to certain skirmishes that have occurred between iran and israel at sea. referring to those skirmishes, u.s. officials told reporters they support israel's right to defend itself and strongly believe in a stable and secure middle east in which they have seen iran go against left and right. and we expect the secretary in the next few minutes to give a statement alongside the defense minister of israel, paula. >> what's important is he's making this visit at this point in time. as you pointed out, very significant for the region. hadas gold for us. appreciate it. russia is testing new weapons in the arctic areas where there's been a lot of ice melt. what they're doing there could have major implications for the
united states. nick paton walsh explains in this exclusive report. >> reporter: it's a new frontier, expanding for all the wrong reasons with pushy neighbors rushing in. russia is seeing the arctic ice melt fast and filling the gap with a military buildup, some of it onalaska's doorstep, not seen since the cold war. 120-mile-an-hour stealth torpedo is designed to sneak past u.s. coastal defenses and detonate a warhead causing a radioactive tsunami to hit the east coast with contaminated water. experts told cnn it's very real. it will be tested in stirm near norway whose intelligence said it's not only the ecological damage that could be said. >> it's not just in a testing phase. a strategic system and is aimed
at targets that has influence far beyond the region that they tested currently. it's something we need to get our hands around and our heads around and understand what this really means. >> reporter: some said russian president vladimir putin was fantasizing when he revealed this and other new weapons like the supersonic missile in 2018. but continuing development and tests make them very real. >> russia is projecting an image as it's projecting the new weaponry. >> they're now starting to develop those capabilities that could reach the united states and its nato ally. >> reporter: that's not all. cnn has obtained salt light images where they're building up along the u.s. coatline, part of what they call a military challenge. there are two new radar st
stations. west there's a thin strip of land seen. over seven years, there's been the slow growth of a large air group. and in the northern most point is another base that's sprung up since 2015. one of several in the arctic, decorated in the colors of the russian flag. the areas are both home to mig 31 jets' recent arrivals. and further west on thepeninsul over the past four years experts believe a storage facility has slowly been build up for the poseidon torpedo. russian has had its eye on being the arctic power for years and is making move to make that happen. yes, this is its coastline for sure, but u.s. officials have expressed concerns to me that this buildup is not just about protecting. it's also about projecting power across the ice, even toward the north pole. there are new resources to
exploit under the ice, yes, but russia released this video in january of the first time a freighter got through the ice in the east in the thick winter to sell a new trade route along its northern coast. it's a possible moneymaker for the kremlin, cutting the current journey time from asia to europe from the suez canal nearly in half. >> it's essential to russian's economic survival, but they do have a theory for an ambitious plan to travel, by passing the suez canal. >> reporter: the u.s. army is being swift. b1 bombers have flown out of norway. u.s. marines are training off in norway's north. yet there's a southern rush where for centuries there's been only bleak sheet ice.
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we're looking at st. vincent island. notice there are three continuous exploding eruptions occurring within the past six hours and unfortunately the benefactor of all of that volcanic ash and smoke is barbados. look at this. that brown milky haze drifting from st. vincent due eastward over the island completely covering barbados. let me take you to the grounds because scenes have been almost apocalyptic, changing daylight into nighttime in a matter of seconds. this video was shot during the course of the day. you see streetlights on to illuminate some of the surrounding area. certainly not looking like the day at all. they've had a difficult time in the caribbean. they're having a chamging time across western australia. we're moments away from a tropical cyclone making landfall across the coast just to the
north, 130-kilometer force winds. it's making its way to the east. it will increase a flash flood potential because it won't stick around for long. it's created some damage around the central coastline of australia. the radar is showing an almost eye-like feature. we're getting close to where the official land fall would occur, and winds will be the major threat here, but also the coastal storm surge as this pushes in on the ocean over this region and moves -- exits the region, get this, by monday afternoon. a very quick-moving storm. paula? >> absolutely. derek, thanks. appreciate it. that wraps up this hour of newsroom. i'm paula newton. "in "inside africa" is up next.
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